Every August, chances are you’ll find us in Charlotte Square Gardens at the world’s leading book festival. So, it was a nice way to end our Book Week Scotland to see director of Edinburgh International Book Festival, Nick Barley, end the inaugural Pentlands Book Festival, one organised by and for the local community, by talking about the impact of events like these.
“Edinburgh is the biggest and most important book festival in the world, but it’s hard for us to be the biggest and best,” he begins. “We strive to be better, constantly trying to get better and take risks.” They have to ask: Why? Who? How do we help? And, ultimately: What are they there for?